A Web Services Framework for Mobile Payment Services
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Next generation mobile services are readily emerging into the mainstream services market and this growth is dependent on mobile technologies and their support infrastructure. 2.5G and 3G mobile technologies presently are beginning to be adopted as a platform for the deployment of communication, business and leisure mobile services. Mobile payment services are one of many necessary support services, which will enable improved development of next generation services. In addition to this necessity for support services, the growth of m-commerce relies vitally on effective payment solutions, provided by mobile payment services. This dissertation describes a solution for a generic framework for mobile payment services. The issue of diverse, enclosed payment solutions is addressed by presenting an open, extensible and interoperable framework for deploying payment services to the mobile services domain. This framework is based on the distributed architecture offered by Web Services. A Web Services solution provides integration over existing Internet protocols to current mobile payment infrastructures. The framework uses a combination of object oriented design patterns and web based structuring and description styles to allow mobile payment services to be deployed to meet both content provider and mobile user needs. The development of the Web Services framework was extended to support three independent payment methods, covering mobile network operator billing, credit card payment and reverse sms payment. To further evaluate the framework, two payment systems were implemented to establish the comprehensive relationship between the main actors in a mobile payment system. In addition to Web Services, this implementation integrated such technologies as J2ME, SMS gateway messaging and various networking protocols.
Author: McKitterick, David
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